Steven Greenhut on Why a Secessionist Movement Is Brewing in California


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Most Californians treat with bemusement the news that the board of supervisors in far-north Siskiyou County voted 4-1 early this month to seek secession from California and revive efforts to create a new state of Jefferson. But while U.S. flags are unlikely to soon add another star, writes Steven Greenhut, this rural separatist movement has long been brewing and is based on serious grievances that state and federal officials would be wise to ponder.